Dalton Smallwood, 43, of Chickamauga, Ga., was charged with six counts of statutory rape/sex offense and one count of taking indecent liberties with a child. Rowan County officials also filed charges against Smallwood in connection with sexual assaults involving the same girl that occurred in that county.
Smallwood is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond in Rowan County.
Campbell said a report was recently received from a girl who said she’d been sexually assaulted by Smallwood in 2012 when she was 14.
Detective Sgt. C.M. Benfield of the Special Victims Unit investigated and found Smallwood was a friend of the girl’s family and she met him while attending church in Iredell County, Campbell said. He said Smallwood met the girl at several locations in southern Iredell where the sexual activity took place.